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Last of the Quilting Bee Blocks

So…I was supposed to have Shari’s blocks done and sent to her in November. I’m slightly late! It’ll be interesting to see her finished quilt. Personally, I think the stripes going all different ways is a little much for my eyes!

 

Those 6 little blocks were tougher than I thought they’d be! However, all in all the 8 blocks were much faster to put together than expected!

Evernote, How I Love The

I’ve used Evernote for the past few years as a way to keep track of random thoughts, notes, writing ideas, etc. Just recently I figured out that I could use Evernote to keep track of my fabric stash! How awesome is that? If you’re anything like me, your fabric stash is large and steadily growing. Since I’m somewhat lazy I haven’t broken out the rubber totes/bins and separated out all of my fabric by color, genre, pattern… Instead, it looks like this:

 

 

The biggest problem is trying to find the fabric I’m looking for or to see if I have fabric that will fit my needs. This is where Evernote has really evolved for me. Now, I’m taking photos of all of my fabric and adding any pertinent information (Name, Maker, Artist).

 

I’m also able to use the tags to mark the main color, content (novelty, animals, etc), and how much yardage I have.

 

 

Many of my fabrics are fat quarters or cut so I don’t have all of the information I would like, but now I’ll be able to enter that information on my phone while I’m at the quilt store. Plus, I can geotag the location so I remember which store I bought it from!

The other cool thing with Evernote, I can look strictly at the photos on my phone if I don’t want to search. This will come in handy when I’m at the store:

 

Now, back to it! One stack down, 50 more to go…

International Quilt Festival 2011

It’s one of my favorite times of the year: The International Quilt Festival. Aunt Linda and I stopped for breakfast before hand to plan our strategy for today’s fun. After a hearty filling of pumpkin pancakes and iced tea we decided we would start shopping first to let the crowds clear out from the quilts so we could get better pictures…or at least easier pictures!

 

Since a cold front had blown in it was a bit chilly. The crew let us wait upstairs in the George R Brown Convention Center to get out of the wind.

 

 

 

Once the doors were opened we headed off to do some shopping!

 

 

 

 

The usual suspects were there (Alex Anderson was there but I didn’t get her picture).

 

Ricky Tims

 

Eleanor Burns

 

Ami Simms

 

It took us about 3 hours to go through all of the booths. It was great! So…what did I get? Some fun novelty fat quarters. I have an addiction to food prints. One day they will be made into a quilt. I also got two patterns (one for the state of Montana and one for Texas) as well as a strawberry pin cushion. Last, but not least I paid a pretty penny for a bracelet made up of Colonial Waistcoat Buttons from around 1780’s. Not sure if they’re truly from then, but if they are that’s outstanding and if not…well…they’re pretty!

 

 

 

 

If there’s one thing quilters like as much as quilting, it’s eating. Need proof?

 

 

After refortifying our energy reserves we headed out to look at the quilts. These are just a few that I liked. I’ll have another post soon of more!

 

 

 

Check out this hamburger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shampoo Hairdo by Cathy Wiggins

 

Three Friends by Sheril Drummond

 

Just A Trip Around the Quilt Block

What a great day today was! It started out with a run/walk in 60 degree weather. It’s been in the triple digits so long here I forgot what cool weather felt like! After my workout, I went to my Aunt Linda’s to catch up on some quilt blocks I owe the ladies from my online quilting bee.

We started with Frieda’s blocks, which had 100 half square triangles. Ok, maybe not a hundred but it sure felt like it!

Since Frieda wanted two blocks, I did one and Aunt Linda did the other. It took us about 2 hours to do each block, but I am quite happy with how they turned out.

My block:

Aunt Linda’s block:

I can’t wait to see the final quilt! After finishing Frieda’s block we split up the last two blocks left. I took Jessica’s hexagon block while Aunt Linda took Heidi’s beach house block. The hexagon block scared me. I’m was afraid I’d cut something wrong and mess the whole block up, but it looks pretty good!

Aunt Linda had fun coming up with a striped beach house. There weren’t any restrictions except not having raw edges.

All in all it was a very productive Saturday! I’m glad to be caught up on my quilt blocks. Now, I need to get my directions and fabric put together soon. My month is October!

Fun Crafty Objects!

It’s FRIDAY!!! So happy the weekend is upon us. I have quite a bit of catching up to do on my quilt bee blocks. The past few weeks have gone by so fast I haven’t had a chance to play in my sewing room for a while. So, this post isn’t about my work but rather about other people’s work that I find fun, whimsy, beautiful or just plain cool!

How about a sew-less fabric wreath, as found on Tommy The Material Girl’s blog?

Or this fun quilt top from Oh, Fransson! They’re having a quilt along…join in!

School’s starting, so every one can use some new bookmarks! Little Birdie Secrets has a tutorial on her site!

However, if you’re looking to try a little creative sewing yourself, try out the different free motion quilting designs by Leah Day at 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs. The Flaming Paisley is very cool!

What about you? List some links to your favorite crafty finds in the comments!